We are in that time of year when the Church speaks of Hope. Of peace. Advent, a time of expectancy. Yet so much pain exists. Too many heavy burdens. Today I want to speak to my Queer family who may be feeling left out of the celebration of Christs light being birthed. I hold space … Continue reading A Message of Hope and Joy for LGBT Image Bearers
*I want to preface this: I have never experienced assault. I have been harrassed. I have been made an object. But I have not experienced physical assault or rape. My speaking is to share that objectifying and sexual violence is widespread. I honor those that have experienced excruciating pain, and silence.* 2 Samuel 13:1-22- The … Continue reading The Voice of Tamar
So. Here we are. A day after the hoods came off. Bare faces of evil exposed. Hate, death, chaos their goals. White people. You're late. I'm late. We should have known. How? We should have listened. We should have elevated, taken to heart, and acted on what people of color have been saying. We must … Continue reading Charlottesville
Thought I'd give an overview of my summer reading and listening lists in case you are in need of a new book, view point, or song. Bookity book books: An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation by Nyasha Junior- Eye opening, learning from a perspective of the world that is very different then my own. https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Womanist-Biblical-Interpretation/dp/0664259871/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501596819&sr=8-1&keywords=womanist+biblical+interpretation … Continue reading Things, things, things…
The American dream. Built on prosperity gospel. Built by first blotting out native lives, dignity. Built by slaves. Fear feeding tribal rage. Nationalism. Fear of the "other". We will preach the dangers of the world, the dangers to our country: Our guns being taken away, God being taken out of schools, out of the government, … Continue reading Make America Great Again
I have a hard time putting into words what I'm thinking about these days. I've gone inward mostly with my dialogue. Which isn't all bad. It's good to check yourself without a public audience. However, I know we need to continue the dialogue in the greater world as well. And that dialogue is one of … Continue reading Love and Liberation
The amount of sorrow, pain, and suffering these days. It threatens to silence me. Tries to back me into a corner. But I refuse (persist?). I refuse to allow the fear to barricade me in a tomb of silence. I'll allow my anger, my disgust, my anxiety the space it requires. Because if I go quiet. I … Continue reading Good News?
Why not? Why not use our voices? Why not rise up; called by the Holy Spirit? Wake up! Wake Up, Deborah! Arise, Barak! Why not use our gifts to make peace? Why not stir up hope for the bone weary? Why not acknowledge our shared and collective pain? Why not bring healing through our stories? Why not share our resurrections? … Continue reading A Call to Rise
~ "Yes, in Jesus, God was once a man. But also? In Jesus, God was once a baby—a baby who nestled in a woman’s womb, a baby whose life depended on a woman for nourishment, a baby who fell asleep on a woman’s chest, a baby whose first word could very well have been, "mama." ~Rachel … Continue reading You are a Warrior, Woman.
Politics and religion. Can they occupy the same air? I believe they can and that they do and that they have to. Intersections, you know? Politics is policy that affects people, and religion is about loving people. When we see a government institution failing, or, even worse, oppressing and marginalizing people groups. We step in and say … Continue reading Religion and Politics